Rest periods

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, workers are entitled to a minimum daily rest period and minimum uninterrupted weekly rest period.

There are a number of exclusions to the right to minimum weekly rest periods, for example in relation to shift workers when they change shift. These workers are entitled to an equivalent period of compensatory rest.


Shift work and fatigue – and the possible consequences

3 Feb 2014

Fatigue can have far-reaching implications in the workplace. John Wilkinson, who was involved in the investigation that took place following...

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Legal Q&A: Agency worker rights after 12 weeks

5 Dec 2011

Agency workers who have been working for the same hirer since 1 October 2011 will soon be reaching the end...

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Legal Q&A: Rest periods and breaks

17 Oct 2011

Following the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Hughes v Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd regarding compensatory rest, Emilie Bennetts...

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Weekly dilemma: Hours of work and rest periods

4 Aug 2011

I’m starting a new business, which may require staff to work at night and around the clock. How do I...

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Legal Q&A Working Time Regulations

11 Feb 2008

Five million workers in the UK are clocking up nearly £5,000 in unpaid overtime every year, according to recent research...

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Employers make liberal use of working time regulations opt-out

26 Nov 2007

Many organisations routinely ask key employees to opt out of working time limits even though there is little prospect that...

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Working Time

21 Jun 2006

Sinead Donnelly, a solicitor at DWF, provides tips on drawing up a policy on working time.

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Case round-up: On-call time and rest periods, and the validity and timeliness of complaints

11 Apr 2006

On-call time and rest periods
MacCartney v Oversley House Management, EAT, 31 January 2006BACKGROUND Mrs MacCartney was one of two...

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Breaks and working time

7 Feb 2006

Greg Campbell, partner and head of employment group (London office), Faegre & Benson

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Pilots threaten strike action if EU flying hours laws adopted

13 Dec 2004

The UK’s airline pilots are threatening not to co-operate if new laws harmonising flying hours across the EU are introduced....

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Pilots could boycott European rules on working hours

7 Jun 2004

Passenger
airline pilots are planning to boycott new European rules on working hours,
which they claim could leave them too...

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Firefighters’ union accepts compromise deal over night work

27 May 2004

The
threat of strike action by firefighters receded today when union leaders
accepted a compromise deal over night duties.
Firefighters...

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Work, rest and learn

1 Nov 2003

Don’t let personal development get in the way of the children’s bath time,
says Professor David Towler
For most people,...

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Employment law clinic: Smoking breaks in the workplace

14 Oct 2003

By Katherine De Souza, partner and head of employment at Marriott Harrison

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Must employers pay for time spent on premises?

23 Sep 2003

An ECJ ruling that workers should be paid if employers require them to be on call is likely to have important implications under the Working Times Regulations

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